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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, Court Mounted, set of (2) Re W. Doody 1. War Medal 1914 -19 (Replica not engraved) 2. Victory Medal.

Historical information

Walter Doody No 2195 enlisted on 6.7.15 in the 3rd reinforcements to the 31st Batt AIF aged 18 years 6 months, embarked for England 18.2.16, transfered to the 47th Batt 2.4.16, Reported missing 15.11.16 then classed as DOW's same day.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2195 PTE. W. Doody 47 BN A.I.F"

BOOK - Contact: Australians in Vietnam

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cardboard cover, khaki buckram with orange fly leaf. Front dust cover has a soldier carrying equipment, soldier on back has a rifle pointing straight upwards. 147 pages with cut edges & black print. Illustrated with black & white photos & maps.

Historical information

A pictorial history of servicemen & women during 1962 - 1972 whilst serving in South Vietnam. Lex McAuley, Author was born in 1939 in Innisfail, Queensland.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Aerial Sepia photograph countryside Burma. .2) Black and White photo Burma river, mountains and "kumi" natives. .3) Black and White photograph Burmese Jungle.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) 4191. 26 Nov. 44 .2) Burmese Campaign 1944 .3) Burmese Jungle 1944

BOOK - Beersheba

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

128 page cut edged softcover book. White cover with colour illustrations with title and author's name in black print. Contains maps and illustrations.

Historical information

Book describes the charge of the charge of the 4th LHR at Beersheba on October 31st 1917. Service details of each Light Horseman are included.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page "Donated by Warracknabeal Secondary College" and Bendigo RSL stamp.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Printed Certificate in colours of yellow, red, pale green on white background with Rising Sun emblem, British & Australian flags & red seal of Shire of Marong. Glass & gold coloured frame. Waxed paper on back of frame.

Historical information

The President, Councillors & Ratepayers of The Shire of Marong desire you to accept this Certificate in appreciation of your services for our country & Empire and extend to you the grateful thanks of this Municipality. Desmond Basil Pocock No VX66853 enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 3.12.1941 age 21 years. At discharge on 30.1.1945 he was a Pte in 6th Aust Hospial laundry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to DESMOND B POCOCK

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (5) re D.H.Harris. 1. 1939-45 Star, not engraved but original. 2. Pacific Star, not engraved but original. 3. War Medal 1939-45. 4. Australian Service Medal. 5. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp "SW PACIFIC".

Historical information

Donald Henry Harris No 141844 enlisted in the RAAF on 15.12.43 age 34 years. At discharge from the RAAF on 29.1.46 he was an LAC in 14 Mobile Works Sqd. Refer 2126.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

"141844 D.H.Harris"

CLEANING KIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

For SLR 7.62 Rifle. .1) Combination tool - metal. .2) Oil Bottle - plastic. .3) Brush - Plastic handle. .4) Pull through - metal, cord and cloth. .5.) Cloth Pouch Khaki colour fabric tie.

Historical information

Souvenired by Tony Cornelius. Refer 1874.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

On printed label “7.62 SLR/ T Cornelius RAASC”

BOOK - The 38th Battalion AIF

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

paperback book. History of the 38 Btn by Eric Fairey. Woven cover, several watermarks, cover is repaired and spine is nearly adrift.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the author Eric Fairey for Floyd Hutchinson 1923.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Life membership certificate of the Bendigo RSL awarded to Dr HR Catford. Certificate is set in a yellowish cardboard frame inside a silver wooden frame. The certificate is in colour with a red seal and signatures of Federal President and Secretary of the RSSILA. A set of WWI ribbons has been placed in the frame.

Historical information

Doctor Harold Robert Catford enlisted as a Captain on 23.6.15 age 41 years and attached to HQ 29th Batt AIF. Embarked for overseas 10.11.15, transfer to 8th Field Ambulance 6.10.16. At various times he was attached to 5th Div Ammunition Column and 2nd A.C.C.Station, promoted to Major 24.8.17. He returned to Australia on 26.9.17 for personal reasons and his appointment in the AIF was terminated on 11.12.17. from 1.1.18 he was RMO to several military units including the 38th Batt in Peace time. Promoted to Lt Col on 19.4.23, placed on the AAMC reserve list 30.1.30 and then the retired list 30.1.1934. He was the first person to be made a Life Member of the Bendigo RSL.

MEDAL SET, MINIATURES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, miniatures, brass plate mounted, set of (5) re K.C Buckley. 1. 1939-45 star 2. Pacific Star 3. Defence Medal 4. War Medal 1939.45 5. Australian Service Medal

Historical information

Keith Charles Buckley VX112283. Refer 1438, 1440.

BANNER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Triangular light blue felt wool banner (or pendant) yellow, white print with State emblems on shield (Australia). .2) Triangular dark blue felt wool banner (or pendant) with crown over shield, 'W' figure & lions head (x3) scroll under shield.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) HMAS Australia - DAKARI-1, DAKARI-II, CORAL SEA, SOLOMON IS, ARAWE, C.GLOUCESTER .2) HMAS SHROPSHIRE - FLOREAT SALORIA (on scroll)

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Original sepia photo of 2 standing and 3 sitting soldiers. Photo is oval shaped. Soldiers are numbered 1-5 on front and rear. 1 P Dunn, 2 T Young, 3 Cpl J Slatter, 4 K Engstom, 5 H Pippin. Group is from 38th Btn AIF.

Historical information

Hughy Pippin. Refer 1502 medals, 1513.4 documents.

Inscriptions & Markings

"No 1895 Pte H Pippin, 2nd Reinforcements, 38th Batt 10th infantry Brigade AIF on active service abroad."

POSTCARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Rectangular post cards with black & white photographs

Historical information

Sent in 1916 from FRANK BARNES (AIF 4156) to UNA FRNAKLING of Harcourt. Refer 2380 for details re Frank Barnes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwriting & photographs

BERET & BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black Woolen Beret with a Silver Armoured Corp Badge

Historical information

Beret and badge issued to Geoffery Charles Murray No 3411521, Vietnam 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 22.10.68, Survey Corp 15.10.69 to 15.10.70.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kent pure wool large

BOOK - A Soldier of the Somme 1916 - 1918

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, soft cover, cardboard, red print on front, spine & back. Sepia background map with half portrait sepia photo of soldier in uniform on front. 186 pages, cut plain, off white. Illustrated black & white photos, documents. End papers illustrated with diary notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: Diary of Pte Edwin Henry Need 59 Battalion AIF Handwritten in black ink on title page: Donated by Joan Scott Bendigo RSL stamp in black ink

UNIFORM, ARMY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Shirt (no sleeves) .2) Trousers .3) belt (for pants) .4) tie (neck) .5) Jacket .6) 1 button ( belonging to shoulder strap.) .7) Shoes 1 pr (black) .8) 1 pr blackshoes .9) slouch hat

BOOK - The Victorian Volunteer Force on the Central Victorian Goldfields 1858-1883

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover, buckram, spine binding. Grey coloured, black writing with image of army badge in centre. Pages 215 Illustrated with black and white photos, statistics and charts.

Inscriptions & Markings

:Donated by Bob Marmion June 2004"

BOOK - On Patrol with the B.C.O.F. in Japan.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Paper Back. Front cover has a montage of black and white photos from Japan. Center photo is of an Aussie soldier, armed, standing at ease. Writing is white ink on purple back ground. Pages - 157. Illustrated with black and white photos and maps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped - Francis W. Dean. B.E.M.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sepia portrait of Cyril Johnson 2nd AIF. Soldier in uniform with slouch hat. Frame is yellowish cardboard sitting inside a perspex stand.

Historical information

Item with the collection of Cyril John JOHNSON VX 36298 died as a POW of the Japanese. Refer 3144 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

VINCENT KELLY BENDIGO

HELMET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Inner lining of steel helmet. Khaki coloured pressed fibre shell with webbing framework inside. .2) Steel helmet with a khaki cotton camouflage covering & 2 chin straps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in white paint: 38-(?)-5(?)

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Frame, ornate gilded timber & plastic frame with glass front. Photo, hand tinted in colour, portrait of a soldier in uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in grey lead pencil on cardboard backing: B2100/2970

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Photo shows a group of 28 Soldiers outside of hut No C18 The original card was written on. .2) Image shows ships in the bay. In white in the corner are the words "Moonlight Gallipoli"

Historical information

“Roy” is Roy Leslie Thurlow No 2493 AIF, KIA. Refer 1890P for his service history. Bovington Camp is in England.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) “To Claude from Roy, we had this taken at Bovington Camp”

POSTCARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Souvenir booklet of Westminster Abbey. .2) - .9) Souvenir postcards from France & places enroute to Australia from Europe. Some dated 11.1918.

Historical information

Items relate to Bert HEWSTON, refer 2759.2 for his service history. Part of the HEWSTON collection re WW1 & WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) - .9) Some dated 11.1918.

BOOK - White Coolies

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cover in green buckram. Title on spine in faded gold lettering. Green end papers feature a map of South East Asia. Front cover embossed with the shape of a compass. 204 pages with cut edges. Illustrated with black & white line drawings.

Historical information

This is the story of those Australian Army nursing sisters who were in Malaya with the 8th Division AIF in 1941 and early 1942 and later taken prisoner by the Japanese.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside on first page: E Houlden Skene St Bendigo Stamp in blue ink on title page: Returned and Services League

HAT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian Women's Army Service uniform hat.

UNIFORM, ARMY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Winter Service Dress with following. .1) Jacket. .2) Trousers. .3) Shirt. .4) Tie. .5) Braces.

Historical information

Uniform issued to Lt Col Murray Stanley Metherall. Refer 590.2.

BOOK - The First Day of the Blitz.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover book. Front cover has orange background with a black and white photo of a Bobby and a bomb victim sharing a brew. Writing is in black, grey and white ink. Pages 212 Illustrated with a few photos

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by Bendigo YMCA"

MEDAL PRESENTATION SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) green box with white fabric lining inside top lid with red/white stripe across one corner. Circular plaque, wreath arrangement in brown with writing. .2) red felt lined cardboard with presentation medals attached medals. 1 x minature, 1 x large and 1 x ribbon.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Colour photo, Vietnam showing Peter Malone sitting inside an APC cooking, with label at bottom. Photo is on green paper background in gold coloured wooden frame.

Historical information

Peter Anthony Malone No 215983, Vietnam 18.12.67 to 18.1.69 when he was Killed in Action. He was Crew Commander of "22 Bravo" 3 Cav Regt. Photo supplied by Geoff Murray No 3411521, Vietnam 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 22.10.68, Survey Corp 15.10.69, 15.10.70. Geoff served in Malonne's crew. Refer 638P.

MEDALLIONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Small medallion, round, brass or copper "Re Anzac Day 1918". Front has a depiction of a soldier with slough hat. Around the edge has "Honour to the AIF". Rear has a scroll centre with "Gallipoli", France, Palestine". Around edge is "EVD Anzac Day 1918". Small lug at top for chain. .2) Same as .1)